Currie family’s plaque dedicated
Nominee for the leader of the Currie family, Robert Currie, and a contingent of family, friends, supporters and other Curries have dedicated a plaque in the ancient Clachan Church in Shiskine in memory of all of the Curries of Arran.
Following the submission as a possible candidate for the leader of the family group, while awaiting the decision of the Lord Lyon in determining the position known as the Commander, Robert Currie, president of the Clan Currie Society, spent three days on Arran enjoying his ancestral homeland where his family originated from Shiskine.
Strictly speaking, the Currie family does not fit the historical definition of a Highland clan and officially are referred to as a Learned Kindred instead of a clan, a distinction which the Curries respectfully observe.
Robert said: ‘The Curries’ time on Arran has been wonderful and wel- coming. Arran has so much to offer, even if you’re not a Currie. We’ve enjoyed great meals, an energetic if not just a bit exhausting ceilidh – complete with an outstanding Highland fling by Roy Currie of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – sampling some of Arran’s finest whisky and incredible scenery marked by lush hills of heather, streams and waterfalls, fields of sheep and Lochranza Castle complete with a piper.
‘For me, personally, and I suspect our entire group, the most important memory of our time here was the service at the Clachan Church where we dedicated a memorial plaque honouring all the Curries of Arran during an emotional and inspiring service led by the Rev Angus Adamson and Rev David Currie.’
The rousing service with an apt dedication by the Rev Angus Adamson took place on a wet day with the minister also piping the assembled group in and out of the ancient roofless church before conducting a further service at St Molios Church in Shiskine, thankfully in somewhat drier weather.
Concluding what was an emotional visit, Philip Currie, who is the son of Rev David Currie, ensured that his visit would be memorable by proposing to his partner, Kelly Matune, who accepted his proposal on the hills overlooking Brodick Castle.
Robert Currie and his wife Suzanne join the Rev Angus Adamson in dedicating a plaque at the Clachan Church in Shiskine.
The ruins of the Clachan Church, which occupies a religious site dating back to druidic times.
Despite the weather, attendees at the dedication ceremony enjoyed the service dedicated to all of the Curries of Arran.
Philip Roy Currie proposed to Kelly Dolan Matune on the hills above Brodick Castle.